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Holmes and Watson at the opera by Sigtryggr Holmes and Watson at the opera by Sigtryggr
Holmes isn't paying attention, but neither is the young weeping gentlewoman sitting in the eleventh row with the sore wrist (lots of writing recently) and faded, poorly fitted evening dress (borrowed) and the patched gloves (hard times) sitting with the still younger man in black with well-groomed whiskers, an ink stain on his bowtie (writer) and a crushed chrysanthemum in his front pocket (probably a poet, state of mourning, French) who has never worn a wedding ring (not her husband) on the hand with which he holds hers (romantic relationship) which has worn a wedding ring but is not currently (a widow or an estranged wife)...

I don't pretend to know anything about the Victorian era so I admit I made a lot of this stuff up. Despite having looked at a reference for opera glasses I don't think Holmes's are remotely accurate. I don't even know how that balcony works, or where their box is supposed to be in relation to anything...

I also don't know how hard/easy it was to get private boxes in opera houses if you weren't a nobleman or a character from The Picture of Dorian Grey. I suppose Holmes paid for it; it always seemed he was getting them private cars on trains, too.
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Wiggum42 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Depends on what period this is -- Holmes was pretty poor during the 1880s, but got much more famous and rich towards the end of the decade, then became poorer again after taking three years off to fake his death, then became rich once more during the late 1890s.


Love this drawing! They both look damn handsome, and I love their poses and expressions. The minimalist background is especially well-done -- conveys the proper idea of an opera balcony without needing too much detail :)
GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sigh... I wish I could fav this again!
The4thLantern Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student
this is really quite lovely, and I can completely picture this really happening to the two! Wonderful art! :heart:
GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is marvelous! I can really see Holmes doing that! brilliant bit of artwork!
brody-lover Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey, I was wondering if I could reblog this in my sherlock blog [link] It's a pretty new blog so it doesn't have much on it. I would give full credit of course!
Sigtryggr Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student General Artist
You are marvellous for asking. I have my own tumblr, though, so I just posted it myself for you to reblog.
brody-lover Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yay! I'm considered a nice person!
dmax666 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
This is so true :D
ar1729 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
this is brilliant. Watson's expression is perfect. I can totally imagine this happening.
shazam26 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have always loved your style of drawing, and your taste in pop culture most definitely coincides with my own. ^_^ Ohhhh Sherlock... so many nights have I spent snuggled up comfy in bed with Mr. Holmes. <3
Captain-Rilee Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer

FANTSTIC! I love the movement, I can see Holmes' eagerness and Watson's amusement, the angle, the simplicity of the colors, it's AWESOME :D
leavetheviolinalone Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist
The lighting is really nice here (: Holmes' opera glasses are just amusing. He looks like he's planning to take over the world- or the old chap in Despicable Me.
Wolkenschwimmerin Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
I love the somewhath mad-proffessor you gave Holems! Brilliant!
Paperflower86 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
This is such a great scenario and it doesn't hurt that both Holmes and Watson look dapper as fuck :D
elina-elsu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Very stylish :heart:
Must love H&W in the opera :3
RenValentine Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's prolly a lot like that, were one to take Sherlock to the opera.
hbomb90 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
This is so gorgeous! I love the little backstory, Holmes is quite rich in canon, he takes a fee of 5000 in one of the short stories which is roughly in theregion of 30,000 in today's money (!) and he calls himself 'a man of simple means.Oh Holmes, you are so dramatic and dedicated. Watson just wants a night off!
I especially like the rich tones and the poses: brilliant work! :D
DarthxErik Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Student General Artist
wow I really miss your artwork!! Nice work. I really like the sepia background, it works really well. And I applaud your amazing time-period skillz....
secretosycolores Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Not speak english, holmes forever = watson
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